Thursday, May 17, 2007

Musical Treats to Kick-Start the Weekend isn't just for teenagers and creepy old dudes, of which I am neither. It's the best place to find new music, either under recording labels or by individuals trying to market themselves. So, I thought I would post a few sites for your listening pleasure. These fine musicians are either from the Appalachian area or love to play the music of the mountains. Friday is here so grab your favorite beverage du jour (it's G&T season since the sheep rain has just passed), crank up the hi-fi and relax.

First, have a listen to Brian Williams. No, not the NBC talking head but rather the master of the six string who honed his skills while living in Blacksburg & playing with some of legends of the music industry. I recently had the pleasure of pickin' with him over Easter weekend. Remember his name. Our kids will be referring to his playing as people these days speak of Doc Watson.

Next, a group of guys from Minnesota called Trampled by Turtles. My brother recently introduced me to this band and they have since been playing through my speakers on a daily basis.

Then listen to Scott Fore & His Hillbilly Hot Club. Fore has accomplished something only a handful of people have done, and he's done it twice. He has won the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition then returned to the same festival to win the Championship of Champions, subsequently earning a Henderson Guitar for each. The trophy of all trophies! And to top that, he makes his home in Radford, Va.

From good ole Abingdon, Va., the Dixie Bee-Liners!

This next group reminds me of what would have happened if Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton had ever raised a bunch of kids then sent them to Charlottesville to play music for beer money. Well, the second half is right. The Wrinkle Neck Mules now call Richmond their home but the music is rooted in dark taverns in the Blue Ridge.

And we can't for get where we came from. The good Doc takes us home.

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